·         To encourage pupils to have open, enquiring minds and to become independent learners.

·         To provide stimulating and varied learning experiences that allows students to gain access to the Chemistry curriculum.



Miss L Bray – Head of Biology

Mr C Nelson – Teacher of Science

Miss D Georgiou – Teacher of Science

Mrs B Griffiths – Teacher of Science

Miss K Deane-Hall – Teacher of Science

Mr S Wade – Director of Science

Miss K Bickely – Assistant Director of Science

Mr S Croft – Assistant Director of Science

Miss F Parveen – Head of Chemistry

Mr N Collins – Teacher of Science/STEM co-ordinator

Mr S Saunders – Teacher of Science

Mr M Puttock – Teacher of Science

Mr P Diaz – Teacher of Science

Mr B Baines – Teacher of Science/Assistant Head/Teacher of PE

Mr D Ventor – Teacher of Science/World Studies/Psychology 


Overview of KS3 Biology

Chemistry modules make up part of the KS3 Science curriculum. We currently follow the Kerboodle scheme of work

Topics include; particles, elements, compounds and mixtures, acids and alkalis, The periodic table, Metals and acids, Rock cycle

Year 9 currently follow a transition scheme of work to help prepare them for their GCSE course



Overview of KS4 Biology

Exam Board: OCR A – 21st Century Science

There are 7 main elements of the GCSE Chemistry course:

C1- Air quality (the air around us, changing air, humans and the air, air quality and health, burning fuels, rearranging atoms, reactants and products,  sources of pollutants, removing pollutants, improving power stations, reducing carbon dioxide, improving transport)

C2- Material choices (Natural and synthetic materials, crude oil, separating hydrocarbons, making polymers, better materials, polymer properties, improving polymers, nanotechnology, nanoparticles, making use of nanoparticles, staying safe with nanoparticles)

C3- Chemicals in our lives (Moving continents, useful rocks, salt, salty food-risks and benefits, alkalis, reacting alkalis, making alkalis, chlorine water-benefits and risks)


1 Hour paper covering C1, C2 and C3 worth 25% of GCSE

C4- Chemical patterns (Building atoms, arranging electrons, the periodic table, group 1 metals, group 7, ionic compounds, understanding ions)

C5- Chemicals of the natural environment (Molecules in the air, simple molecular substances, ionic crystals, testing metal ions, analysing salts)

C6-Chemical synthesis ( Making chemicals, acids and alkalis, reactions of acids, reacting amounts, neutralising reactions, explaining neutralisation, energy changes in reactions, separating and purifying )

1 Hour paper covering C4, C5 and C6 worth 25% of GCSE


C7-  Further Chemistry

Green chemistry (chemical industry, innovations in green chemistry and designing new catalysts)

The chemistry of carbon compounds (Alkanes, alcohols, carboxylic acids, esters)

Energy changes in chemistry (Exothermic and endothermic reactions)

Reversible reaction

Chemical analysis (sampling, chromatography, titrations)

1 hour paper worth (25%) of GCSE

Plus Coursework investigation also worth 25% of the GCSE


Overview of KS5 Chemistry

Exam Board: OCR A (yr 13)


Unit F324: Rings, Polymers and Analysis Rings, acids and amines Polymers and synthesis Analysis

1 hour and 15 minutes 15%

Unit F325: Equilibria, Energetics and Elements Rates, equilibrium and pH Energy Transition elements

2 hours 25%

Unit F326: Practical Skills in Chemistry 2

10% of total


Exam Board: OCR A (yr 12) H032

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

 Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

 Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition metals

Module 6- Organic chemistry and analysis

The specification has been designed to be co-teachable with the A Level in Chemistry A qualification.

Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (1) 2 hours and 15 minutes 37%

Synthesis and analytical techniques (2) 2 hours and 15b minutes 37%

Unified chemistry (3) 1 hour and 30 minutes 26%

Practical endorsement in chemistry (non- exam assessment)